The U14's Tigers were looking for a strong performance in their last regular season game before the Semi's against the Sawtell Panthers at Bowraville, and that's what they got, with a big 58-12 victory.
The Tigers showed up, dug deep and worked hard for their teammates. Some brutal defence on display and when it was time for attack, they just put the foot down and Sawtell had no answers for them.
Himayat Robinson, Toby Kinnear and Joe Howarth were brilliant in every aspect of the game. Alex Howard and David Styles just get better every game and Lachie Chapman showed some real spark off the bench. Tyrell West was safe as a bank at fullback and organises the team's defence so well from the back and produced a great try saving ankle tap.
Wingers Brady Atkins and Clay Perkins had some nice touches and some great tackling plays. Sam Bekis was dangerous every time he touched the ball and has turned into a brilliant defencive centre.
The forwards got the field position and the backs got the ball out to strong running Centre Brody Harris, who clapped on the pace and burned the fullback to score a great try. Simon Walker had some nice darts from dummy half, one with a step back on the inside to score a fine 4 pointer. Kaiden Sakaio continues to impress, taking the ball to the line a creating holes for the forwards to charge into, then Sakaio dummied, and sliced through to score.
5/8 Logan Jones had a field day scoring 4 tries in each half, one, beating the defence, coming to the winger, chips n chases, then beats the fullback for speed, snatches the ball from his grasps and scoots away to score. Not only did Robinson and Kinnear put some really big shots on, they combined well and tipped onto each other all day, creating some great attacking opportunities for their team, and Big Toby was able to run onto one and burst through the defence and charge in for a try, no one was stopping the big fella.
Special thanks to Elijah Cooper for backing up, and played brilliantly with some strong tackles and big charges.
It was a great team display from the Tigers, they have gained some great momentum and are really playing for each other. Let's keep it rolling!!
BOWRA 58(Jones 8,Sakaio,Kinnear, Harris,Walker tries. Jones 4,Walker 2goals
It was a beautiful winter's day when The U14's Bowraville Tigers played host to a very determined Smithtown at Hennessey-Tape oval on Saturday. The Tigers scored some great and very entertaining team tries, and showed some real brick wall like defence to run away 46-18 victors. The Tigers denied some early pressure from their opponents with some great committed defence. Some great work in both attack and defence from 2nd Rowers Steve Borg and Joe Howarth, and with Toby Kinnear strongly leading from the front, got the Tigers in some good field position, using their backline, Logan Jones threw a long ball out to Centre Sam Bekis, who made a good run and offloaded back to Jones who beat 2 defenders to score next to the posts. Simon Walker converted 6-0. Brady Atkins scooped onto another long ball and showed great pace to score in the corner. Jones slotted the goal to lead 12-0. Strong running centre Brody Harris burst onto the ball and crashed through tacklers to score. Tyrell West looked like Valentine Holmes as he dived, and with his body in the air, reached around the corner post and put the ball down with one hand. As Jones ran in for his 2nd the Tigers led 24-0 at halftime. Smithtown scored 2 quick tries after the break, but it didn't take long for the Tigers to click back into their groove, score some more great tries and get their strong, hard hitting tackles back, led by Himayat Robinson, Alex Howard and Kinnear. Simon Walker and Kaiden Sakaio combined and guided the team around brilliantly. Jones scored another 3 tries in the 2nd half, one from great lead up work, for Robinson, to tip on to Jones who went through untouched. Sakaio then took the ball to the line, passed and with another brilliant tip on from Kinnear, again, Jones went in untouched. After another spectacular run, beating several players Jones scored under the posts. Sakaio then went through a yawning gap to score a very well deserved try.
It was a great team display from the Tigers, as they are looking to put some strong performances together before the finals. Let's keep up the commitment for eachother!!
BOWRA 46 (Jones 5, Atkins, Harris, West, Sakaio tries. Walker 4, Jones goals). Beat Smithtown 18.
I have been watching this age group now for 10 years and never seen the team perform like they did on Saturday 29th August 2015. Parents and spectators watched the massive and intimidating Woopi pack sign on, and wondered where all the big boys came from as pack looked bigger than usual.
Woolgoolga has been the dominant side in this age group since the under 10's, winning all the grand finals and only losing a couple of competition games. The Bowra boys had never beaten Woolgoolga, which included a loss to them in the Grand Final of 2013. Round 3 this year saw the boys come within 4 points of Woopi. Round 9 saw Bowra beat Woopi for the first time in a close 20 – 18 win.
Everyone new that the tide was turning and the expectations were high as the lads took the field in Kempsey. A mistake at the kick off saw Woopi gather the ball and score within 30 seconds. The kick off from Bowra saw Woopi back in for another try within the set. The next kick off was a repeat, with Woopi scoring under the posts, 10 minutes in and the score was 16 – 0 to Woopi. Heads dropped in the crowd in the thought of Woopi running away with it, but the boys and the coaching staff were still upbeat and positive.
Bowra soon got some possession of the ball and were able to claw back to a 10 point deficit at half time. With a score line at half time of 20 – 10 Bowra had some work to do. Some hard hit ups from the Bowra forwards kept the Woopi defence compressed and the fluent Bowra back line took advantage and started to pour on the points.
Some strong muscling defence saw the tide of possession change and the Bowra Boy's took full advantage. Woolgoolga had no answer to the controlled attack of the Bowra Tigers as they ROARED and took the lead. With the game all but lost some rough play from Woopi eventuated with the referee sending the fullback with a 10 minute rest in the sheds.
The boys put on a couple more tries for practice and the fulltime score Bowra 40 to Woopi 20.
No names were mentioned in this Tiger Tale as the boys played as a team, they were all committed in defence and attacked as a team; it was a complete team effort and a show of the Boy's determination, belief in themselves and their team mates. Tigers are usually a solitary hunters but this mob of tigers dragged down the Sea Horses. It goes to show its not the size of the tiger but the size of the heart in the tiger.
GOOD LUCK FOR THE GRAND FINAL BOYS WHO EVER IT MAY BE!!!!
Congratulations to the lads and the Coaching staff on securing the Minor Premiership for 2015!!!!. Well done, you lads have been the best side in the Competition all year and deserve the title, however the job is still only half done.
As the Bowra spectators and cheerleaders Fergo, Locky, Claijah and "swing batter batter swing" Ulyssis witnessed on Saturday it is easy to lose focus and stumble. With only one set completed in the first half due to handling errors and some woeful defence Bowra found themselves behind 16 – 10 at half time.
The ten points of the first half were accounted for by Rhino and Bruno scoring tries in the left hand corner, and with a stiff down field wind Bruno converted one of the tries to a six pointer. Fitzy shoved the Coffs winger over the sideline as he dived for the line in a desperate attempt to close out the first half of the game for Coffs. A grubber kick from Rhino with a perfect bounce also saw Fitzy go in for a try, however he was called off side in a controversial call. Two great put ya body on the line tackles by fullback Cody "where and when was that again" Rofe halted Coffs scoring more tries in the first half, while some good defence and line breaks from Flynn and Rooster playing at hooker provided some hope of a comeback.
Coach Luke Bateman marched the boys over behind the northern goal posts at half time and tore the boys a new one. We weren't sure what Bato was saying but as the Cheer leaders stopped their approach and didn't want to join the group we assumed it was harsh.
The second half started with the Coffs Comets going in to score their fourth try and it looked like the boys could lose this one as the score was now 22 - 10. Skipper Gordon Moore mustered the boys, Rooster slotted back into halfback and Jasper into fullback and he made some high impact one on one tackles that rattled the Coffs attack. This is what we came to see!!, Bowra lifted in defence and began to organise some attacking raids which saw Rhino cross for his second try, and with only minutes to spare Jasper was rewarded for his great defence with a try just before the hooter. Bumps stepped in line with the Referees mark as the full time hooter sounded and set up his super tee to take the kick. Thriving on the pressure Bumps soaked it all up, waltzed in and nailed the kick to bring the full time score to 22 – 22.
With the Coffs Harbour boys displaying more than a fair share of gamesmanship and obviously being off the list for the Ref's next birthday party, the Bowra boys were up against it in the second half. The determination of this champion team in the second half was outstanding with all lads giving 100 %. The lads showed they can put the bad decisions behind them and get on with the game and outscore the opposition even when things aren't going their way. Best of luck for the finials lads.
After a scrappy win against Sawtell at home on the 18th the Bowra under 14 boy's came out and played some of their best footy against the Smithtown Tigers in another home game. Missing a few of their key players to injury and illness the boys stood up and performed exceptionally.
Smithtown tackled well for the opening 2 sets of the game, and when Flynn Watts crossed for his first of 3 tries from a fluent back line movement in the third set, everyone sensed a big score coming. Gordon Moore's work rate in defence was impressive as usual, but stepped it up in attack. Running hard and straight he busted the Smithtown line on several occasions, which produced two tries for him and provided several brilliant off loads for supporting players. Lachlan Jones picked off one of Gordon's off loads and showed an unusual turn of speed and coordination to sprint 45m and hold the ball to score under the posts. Jack Keogh gave his Smithtown school mates a lesson in how to run the ball up by making huge meters every time he touched the ball. Despite the niggling attention Jack received in the tackles he just served footy up to the Smithtown boys. Unable to frustrate Jack with his new cool head "play footy" approach, two of his Smithtown school mates lashed out, and were sent to detention. Strong hard straight runs from all the forwards compressed the Smithtown defensive line and allowed room for some great draw and pass tries from the Bowra backline. The Bowra boy's superior ball security, defence and completion rate meant they dominated possession for the entire game. Excellent ball movement and poor scrambling defence from Smithtown allowed the Bowra boys to have a day out scoring tries.
The referee called the game before full time through the ruthless dedication, skill and teamwork of Bowra in the 56 to 4 score line. Tries went to Calijah Craig, Layne Rouse, and Jack Keogh. Gordon Moore and Jacob Humphries 2 tries a piece and 3 tries to the flying Flynn Watts. Jacob also kicked 6 goals.
With a massive game the following week against arch nemesis Woopi, Coach Luke Bateman and assistant coach R J Donavon were nervous boys. Woopi have been the dominant side in the competition for years, and beat the boys in the 2013 grand final.
Before the boys were to face off against Woopi they had to play Heathcote high school in a Buckley shield clash in Sydney on Tuesday, and three rugby union games on Thursday. Having star player Ulysses Roberts break his collar bone in a union game Bato had his fingers crossed for no further injuries.
It was not to be, during one of his legendary hard straight runs Calijah rolled his ankle in a tackle and was carried from the field, joining a growing injury list.
Come game day against the Woolgoolga Sea Horses Calijah joined Ulysses on the cheer squad, while Rooster had declared himself fit two weeks before Doctors orders he was keen to get amongst it. Fitzy was back, and the boot of many points Bruno was also back after a virus kept him out of the Smithtown game and he too was keen to make an impact.
From the kick off it looked that it was going to be a tough match with both sides not giving an inch. A flinging tackle within the first five minutes saw Bruno's head hit the ground, and apparently setting off the second earth quake in Queensland, and also resulting in a minor concussion. With Bruno off it was up to Bumps Junior to take on the kicking duties again, and he kicked four from four in a fine display which included a crucial penalty goal.
Skipper Lachlan Jones stepped up to the plate after being involved a head clash on Thursday during the rugby union, and with facial swelling improving his looks he took the field against Mums wishes. Unfortunately during one of his meter making runs from dummy half Lachlan broke his arm in a big contact tackle and will join the increasing cheer leader bench. Lachlan's captaincy and ball delivery from dummy half, and his ability to take charge and do what needs to be done will be missed during the final series. We all hope you make a speedy recovery mate and are available for the grand final if the boys make it. You will be an ugly cheer leader please don't wear speedo's or bring pom poms.
With Bowra leading 12-0 coming into half time with tries to Gordon Moore and Rhino Atkins, some ineffective defence along the edges saw Woopi cross for their first try promoting the score to 12-4 at half time. Another try to Woopi after half time saw the score to 12 – 10. With Bowra needing to score next Kane Watson completely fooled the Woopi defence to cross for a try from dummy half, and with the conversion and a penalty goal for junior Bumps Bowra was out to a 20-10 lead, and looked like they may be able to defend it. Some further feeble defence down the edges saw Woopi score two more tries and the final one just before the full time bell, and with the kick to come after the bell to level the scores the Woopi kicker missed the goal to give the Bowra boys a hard fought and costly win.
Great hit ups from Gordon, Buster, Jack, Bumps and some good running from Fergo displayed the commitment of the forward pack throughout the game. The organisation and short kicking game from Rooster was back showing what he can do, and his halves partner Rhino regularly sliced through the defence making handy meters.
Some great tackling from the centres Jasper and Flynn held Woopi back and they also contributed some valuable meters from the back line raids. If this team can sort out the defence on the edges, unite under pressure and continue to play as a team they will become the dominant force.
Congratulations to the Coaching and training staff on shaping these boys into the team they are today. Enjoy the win boys and use the confidence from the Woopi win to become the best you can be.